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    04-06-2011, 10:39 PM
  #1
Foal
How to break in new boots?

I did a search on the forum and couldn't seem to find any thread on this, or a more appropriate place to put it, or I'm blind Either way...

As I've been getting back into riding over the past few months, I thought a proper pair of riding boots may be in order so went and picked them up today (ankle height).

I do remember when I was riding a lot when I was younger they'd always rub when I got new boots and thought I'd see if anyone has any tricks to soften them up/wear them in a bit before going for a ride?

Thanks in advance for any advice!!
     
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    04-06-2011, 11:18 PM
  #2
Weanling
Get some good leather conditioner(I like Pecard's) and slather them with it. Let them sit overnight. It soaks into the leather and softens it up. Then take it and flex the boot back and forth in your hand, flexing the toes up and down and wrinkling up the top part of the boot(where your ankle is). Then buff them out real good with a rag.
     
    04-07-2011, 12:03 AM
  #3
Green Broke
What kind of boots are you talking about? For paddock boots I just wear them around.


Tall boots? Someone suggested this and I thought they were crazy but I did it and what to do you know, worked like a charm! Stand in a bucket or water trough until you feel your feet are wet. Then wear them until they're dry. All day on a sunny day is what it took for mine. Yep, even did them with my $600 Ariats and it was great.
     
    04-07-2011, 01:20 AM
  #4
Banned
Upnover this is how the military break in their boots, so I am sure it works.
     
    04-07-2011, 02:21 AM
  #5
Foal
They're ankle height Baxter riding boots (don't know enough about riding boots to give you much more of a description).
So, I'm not sure if your trick would work for them? Maybe a bucket that's got enough water to just submerge my feet?

I had someone suggest soaking newspaper and then stuffing my boots full and leaving them for 12 hours and then taking it out and letting them dry? Anyone know about this method?
I know they're not expensive boots, but I still don't want to ruin them.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far!! I'm trying to find some leather conditioner around here but so far no luck. Will try the saddle store when they open in the morning.
     
    04-07-2011, 09:32 AM
  #6
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sophie
Get some good leather conditioner(I like Pecard's) and slather them with it. Let them sit overnight. It soaks into the leather and softens it up. Then take it and flex the boot back and forth in your hand, flexing the toes up and down and wrinkling up the top part of the boot(where your ankle is). Then buff them out real good with a rag.
Sorry double post!

I got me some leather conditioner, but on the directions on the bottle it says 'Use sparingly' . About how much should I 'lather on' ? And - should I dilute with water?

Thanks again!!
     
    04-07-2011, 10:23 AM
  #7
Showing
As was already suggested, the warm water method is what I've always used. I fill the bath tub with warm water, submerge my boots for a while, then empty out the excess water and put them on.

They will squish as you walk for a short while but eventually the water will squeegee out and you won't notice the wet boots. Be sure to have on the heaviest pair of sox that you will use.

At the end of the day, I stuff them with newspapers and leave them alone for a day or so then use regular leather conditioner on them (I prefer Black Rock).

Works every time but with one pair of heavy boots, I had to do it twice. It has never damaged a pair of my boots and I've done that method on some expensive Western boots (in the $600 range).
     
    04-08-2011, 06:54 AM
  #8
Foal
Thankyou so much everyone!

Tried the leather conditioner trick over night and they're great! Much nicer to get on! Still a little stiff but no where near what they were!! Yipee!
     

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